The family of Riquet, or Riqueti, originally of the little town of Digne, won wealth as merchants at Marseilles, and in 1570 Jean Riqueti bought the château and seigniory of Mirabeau, which had belonged to the great Provencal family of Barras.
GASSENDI 1 [[[Gassend], Pierre]] (1592-1655), French philosopher, scientist and mathematician, was born of poor parents at Champtercier, near Digne, in Provence, on the 2 2nd of January 1592.
In 1612 he was called to the college of Digne to lecture on theology.
Bronze statue of him was erected by subscription at Digne in 1852.
The department is divided into five arrondissements (Digne, Barcelonnette, Castellane, Forcalquier, and Sisteron), 30 cantons and 250 communes.